The Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 1992 attempted to curb the efforts of baby food manufacturers to undermine breastfeeding and was further amended in 2003 to plug loopholes. However, public-private health partnerships are now found to be advocating nutrition policies aimed at helping food multinationals increase their markets. A stronger legislation is thus needed to fight this practice.

Infant formula is a poor substitute for breast milk, but researchers want to add some of the missing ingredients that make a mother's milk so special.

Scientific evidence from hundreds of studies over the past 25 years confirms that breastfeeding

Chronic arsenic exposure causes a wide range of health effects, but little is known about critical windows of exposure. Arsenic readily crosses the placenta, but the few available data on postnatal exposure to arsenic via breast milk are not conclusive. The goal of the study was to assess the arsenic exposure through breast milk in Bangladeshi infants, living in an area with high prevalence of arsenic-rich tube-well water.

the prime minister's commitment to tackle malnutrition among children by promoting breastfeeding seems to be hollow. The cabinet has agreed to increase maternity benefit allowance for working women

Decades of misguided policies and untrained or weak leadership have left the children of India defenceless, threatening the future of the country. What are the solutions? April 26-May 2, 2008

there is now an addition to the list of benefits that breast milk offers. It protects infants from arsenic, says a study conducted inBangladesh. The study is crucial because almost 50 per cent of

non-stick gum: New easy-to-remove chewing gum is ready. Initial experiments show that the gum degrades naturally in water. The new gum adds a special polymer to modify its formulation, which alters

AT the time of independence, India faced the twin problems of acute and chronic undernutrition of its children. This was essentially a result of low dietary intake because of poverty and low purchasing power, high prevalence of infection because of poor access to safe drinking water, sanitation and health care and poor utilization of available facilities due to low literacy and lack of awareness.

Most Himachal mothers breastfeed for just two weeks